The key to making the most out of Halloween? A killer costume! Now all you need to do is find an amazing Halloween store. Los Angeles has more costume and vintage shops than most cities, which makes things tough. We’ve put together this handy guide to the best shops in Los Angeles for looks that’ll please everyone from the Hogwarts-obsessed child to the steampunk-inspired artiste. These stores have the goods and the experts to help you stand out from the crowd at all those Halloween parties you’re finally going to hit up this year (or, of course, the family-friendly attractions you might be more inclined to frequent).
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Halloween store options in Los Angeles
A one-stop Halloween superstore. This sprawling space is chock-full of costumes for adults and youngsters, wigs, makeup and accessories. A friendly staff, which includes many costume-industry veterans, can help with costume ideas; and a makeup artist can give quick tutorials on applying special-effects makeup. Masks, shoes, jewelry and decorations are also on hand.
This Hollywood Boulevard staple has been in business for more than 50 years and supplies the public as well as movie studios with costumes, props, wigs, masks, accessories and more. You’ll find a large selection of adult and children’s costumes, jewelry, make-up, novelties, hobbies and collectibles.
This party center not only offers decorations and all your Halloween needs, but also a big selection of rental and retail costumes and accessories year-round. Shoppers can browse the aisles packed with costumes, wigs and accessories for men, women, kids and even pets. Costumes range from famous characters such as Batman and Harry Potter to masquerade gowns and masks.
The Wal-Mart of party shops. Party City has a variety of cheap costumes for all ages—and even a small selection for the dog. They’re better known for carrying a crapload of paper party supplies, from gift bags and decorative plates and napkins to spooky spider decorations and helium balloons galore. It’s not the most inspiring store, but you’re never far from one. Check the website for Party City locations near you.